on 15 October 2003
Thorough piece of research, written for an academic audience, looking at the process of questionnaire / interview design. Essential reading for researchers, but of use to anyone working in professions where interviewing is an importantpart of the job.
on 23 January 2013
This book was recommended to me by my supervisor.
The publication is primarily preoccupied with formulation of questions, not with broader issues on how to carry out interviews; it is "[...] directed ... towards the task of increasing the general level of understanding of the nature of verbal data with ultimate goal of increasing the validity of the questions we use" (Foddy, 1993, p. xi - Preface).
Thus the interview template I initially constructed based on Foddy (1993) was an instrument for control and measurement. The language in use by interviewees was not considered at all. Once I trialled the interview template, I realized how unreal, rigid, and ethically wrong it was to use in a real interview situation.
I recommend instead these titles for those wishing to conduct good interviews that are enjoyed by both the interviewee and the interviewer:
Kvale S. and Brinkmann S. (2009), InterViews. Learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing, 2nd edition, Sage, , USA.
Patton, Michael Quinn (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods, 3rd edition. Sage Publications, USA. (excellent for drafting interview questions)
Glesne C. (2011). Becoming qualitative researchers: An introduction, 4th edition, Allyn and Bacon, UK.
Rubin H.J and Rubin I.S. (2004). Qualitative interviewing: the art of hearing data, 2nd edition. Sage Publications, UK.
And oh yeah - Mishler (1996) has some very interesting arguments about interviewing.